PM waiting for report of interlocutors on J&K
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Friday said he was waiting for the report of Interlocutors on Jammu and Kashmir to decide if something fresh needs to be done in addition to the ongoing peace efforts in the state.
Jammu: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Friday
said he was waiting for the report of Interlocutors on Jammu
and Kashmir to decide if something fresh needs to be done in
addition to the ongoing peace efforts in the state.
"I am looking forward to the report (of interlocutors).
We will be able to conclude whether something fresh needs to
be done in Jammu and Kashmir only after receiving it," Singh
told reporters at the airport here before winding up his
day-long visit to the city.
Asked whether the government will act on the report
devoid of the viewpoint of separatists, who did not meet the
interlocutors, the Prime Minister said no group should have a
veto on the outcome of the negotiations.
"We welcome the cooperation and involvement of all
sections of public opinion, including those who are not part
of mainstream polity. I do not think we should give any group
veto on outcome of negotation", Singh said.
Asked what if the separatists do not come forward for
talks, he evaded a direct reply, saying he is no astrologer,
but is convinced that future of Jammu and Kashmir is bright.
"Those (seapratists), who are not part of the national
mainstream would definitely find it (talks with Interlocutors)
benificial, mutually productive and constructive way to find a
solution to the problem facing the state of J&K, he said.
On revocation of Armed Forces Special Powers (AFSPA) Act
and withdrawal of troops from Jammu and Kashmir, Singh said
"There is need to create a conducive atmosphere for lifting of
the Act. We will be happy and Army will also be happy. When
law and order improves there is no reason, Disturbed Areas Act
(DAA) should be applicable."
The Prime Minister also said arbitrary arrests if any
should not take place in Kashmir.
"I am not sure (whether arrests are taking place).
if they are taking place, I will talk to the Chief Minister,
who is with me", Singh said.
However, he said, "I have no hesistation in saying that
any arbitrary arrests of the type you are talking about are
not consistent with norms of civilzed government wherever they